Look Up! Venus, Ceres, and the Milky Way
Ticket Price: Advance registration required: $15 ($10 for Museum members)
This is a special year for star observers. Classified as a dwarf planet and the biggest asteroid in our solar system, Ceres comes to opposition in late February and will be up all night above Saturn in Leo. This will be the closest approach for Ceres since 1857, and nearer than it will be for the next several thousand years. Along with Ceres, the dimmer moons of Saturn, usually lost in the rings' glare, will also be viewable this winter. Dr. Cynthia Peterson will offer her popular astronomy program at UConn's Planetarium and (weather permitting) Observatory, and show backyard astronomers how to find the constellations, planets, and special celestial objects viewable in the winter night sky using binoculars. Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Begins at 7p.m.
Presented by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn.
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